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The Great British Bake Off: the programme trades on mild peril

The Great British Bake Off (Tuesday, Channel 4) is how Britain likes to see itself. Each year the show presents us with a bunch of polite, eccentric, (...)

For the past 11 years the Bake Off has come to represent the beginning of autumn and the transition into contemplating turning the heating back

I saw the big boxes of sweets in Tesco the other day – the drums of Celebrations and Quality Street and Roses moved to the front of the shop to encour(...)

The dayglo quartet: Matt, Noel, Paul and Prue.  Much has changed since the early days of The Great British Bake Off. Paul Hollywood’s hair, for one, has  become even more eye-burningly white, the whitest white you have ever seen.

The Great British Bake Off is back. Although for many housebounds “Bake Off” is just what they call 2020. Yes, much has changed since the last season.(...)

The Great British Bake Off contestants 2020: (left to right) Hermine, Sura, Rowan, Marc, Laura, Linda, Mak, Dave, Loriea, Lottie, Mark and Peter. Photograph: Channel 4/Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions

This year’s series of The Great British Bake Off will be like no other. There’s a new host, in Sandi Toksvig replacement Matt Lucas, plus the whole th(...)

Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel in a publicity still for Gone with the Wind. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty

A great many people have let us know they “never liked Little Britain anyway”. Expect a bit more of that now Gone With the Wind has been temporarily r(...)

As the Government zooms in on issues such as insurance and potential transmission risks it is ignoring the less headline-grabbing but more dire risks to vulnerable children. It is fighting the wrong wars. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s unveiling of his country’s plan to wriggle out of lockdown gave us an opportunity to indulge in our most beloved national sport: feeli(...)

‘Rebellious and brilliant’ … Ian Cognito.

Jimmy Carr and Jack Whitehall were among those paying tribute to comedian Ian Cognito, who died on Thursday night during an intimate gig. The stand-u(...)

I have, in this place, occasionally laid out my lack of interest in “authenticity”. That’s to say I try not to care much if they’ve got the bonnets ri(...)

Sherlock Gnomes, Watson, Gnomeo and Juliet in Sherlock Gnomes from Paramount Pictures and MGM.

The movieverse is littered with horrible boyfriends: Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones, Josh Harnett in The Virgin Suicides, Anthony Michael Hall in Edward (...)

British pop star George Michael. Photograph: Chris Young/AFP/Getty Images

Elton John has led the tributes to his “beloved friend” George Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53. The Rocket Man singer said he was “in deep(...)

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